Revelation 1:11 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
Again, Jesus refers to Himself as the Alpha and Omega, this time He connects it with a list of seven churches.
John is instructed to write down everything he sees and send it to these seven churches.
We know there are more churches than these seven.
The writings of Paul tell us of Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Colosse, and Rome.
We know there is a church in Jerusalem and Antioch.
So there is something special about these seven churches that causes the Lord to single them out for a copy of John’s writings.
All of us benefit from the writings but the question remains “why these seven churches?”
I adhere to what other scholars and commentators have said and not my own original thinking.
Seven is a number of completion, so, at the very least, we have a complete group of churches that represent something.
I believe they represent the entire church age – from the first to the last – throughout church history.
The world is in constant change and it affects the church along the way.
Each church receives a directive from the Lord, with only two getting a compliment.
If I am correct, then one of these churches represents the present church age and we will discover this in the next few days or weeks.